PreOp Patient Education
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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Cataract

Small Incision


Your Procedure
  Your Body
  Alternatives
  Medical Record
  Anesthesia
  Before Surgery
  Your Procedure
  Recovery
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Now it's time to talk about the actual procedure your doctor has recommended for you.

On the day of your operation, you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
On the day of your operation, you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
You may receive a sedative by mouth and
You may receive a sedative by mouth and
an intravenous line may be put in.
an intravenous line may be put in.
And you'll given eye drops to dilate, or open, the pupil.
And you'll given eye drops to dilate, or open, the pupil.
You will then be transferred to the operating table.
You will then be transferred to the operating table.
To begin, the surgeon will use a special instrument to gently hold the eyelids apart.
To begin, the surgeon will use a special instrument to gently hold the eyelids apart.
Then the surgeon will apply an antiseptic solution to the skin around the eye. ..
Then the surgeon will apply an antiseptic solution to the skin around the eye. ..
before injecting a local anesthetic.
before injecting a local anesthetic.
While the anesthetic is taking effect, the surgeon will position a microscope in front of the eye.
While the anesthetic is taking effect, the surgeon will position a microscope in front of the eye.
By now, the pupil will be fully open, or dilated.
By now, the pupil will be fully open, or dilated.
When the operative field is numb, the surgeon will use the microscope to help make a very small incision just 3 millimeters above the iris. The lens is located just behind the iris contained in the elastic capsule.
When the operative field is numb, the surgeon will use the microscope to help make a very small incision just 3 millimeters above the iris. The lens is located just behind the iris contained in the elastic capsule.
Next the surgeon will open the top of the capsule and remove the lens. Most likely, your doctor will use a small probe which vibrates at a high frequency.
Next the surgeon will open the top of the capsule and remove the lens. Most likely, your doctor will use a small probe which vibrates at a high frequency.
The probes vibrations break the old lens into microscopic pieces ...
The probes vibrations break the old lens into microscopic pieces ...
which can then be drawn out with gentle suction.
which can then be drawn out with gentle suction.
Through the small incision, the surgeon will then insert the new lens.
Through the small incision, the surgeon will then insert the new lens.
The lens is actually rolled up inside a special injector, designed to fit through the small incision made above the iris.
The lens is actually rolled up inside a special injector, designed to fit through the small incision made above the iris.
With the tip of the injector inside the eye, the surgeon slowly injects the new lens where it unfolds into position.
With the tip of the injector inside the eye, the surgeon slowly injects the new lens where it unfolds into position.
Because of the small size of the incision, often your surgeon will complete surgery without putting in any stitches.
Because of the small size of the incision, often your surgeon will complete surgery without putting in any stitches.
Vision will gradually improve during normal healing over a period of 5 to 8 weeks.
Vision will gradually improve during normal healing over a period of 5 to 8 weeks.

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